My friend's family and my family stayed in the Painted Hills vacation homes for two nights. We enjoyed every minute of it. And when it was time to leave, the only regret we had was that we were leaving too soon. My 4-year-old son said to me on the way back, "We will come back again, and this time we will stay for TEN days."
My friend's family took the Painted Hills cottage, as they have more people. We stayed in the Hollyhock Guest house. The house is quite old, I give you that. And the bedroom is a bit small. The bed is comfortable, but a bit small for us, because my son co-sleeps with us. We even tried to make him sleep in his friend's room in the bigger cottage, where the two boys can each have their own bed but share a room. Though he prefers to spend every minute of waking time with his best friend, when it's night time, he wants mommy and daddy. So, the size of the bed is not what I liked most about the house.
But that is no problem. Not when everything else is so perfect. The garden is breathtaking! I could spend all day just walking in the garden and taking in every inch of beauty and freshness in every corner, or simply sitting on my front porch, enjoying all the pleasure that sunshine, breeze, a masterpiece of a garden, food, family, and great friends can give you, feeling so free and relaxed,
Our children had a blast! They spent most of their time exploring the fenced-in ground, chasing each other, chasing the neighbor's cat, running soaking wet around the lawn sprinkler, playing hide and seek (a lot of times not intentionally, the place is just too big for them to keep track of each other). The garden and the two houses and the game room became a maze, a palace for them. They were boys in Wonderland!
The owners are so friendly and nice. They made us feel very welcomed. And a lot of details in the homes and the garden show their thoughtfulness. They make their guests feel at home and at ease. Things may not be in the best shape or the most luxury, but they are comfortable.
Before we went there, we weren't sure if it was going to be a good trip. Because we weren't sure if there were going to be many interesting things to do or see in the area to justify the 4.5 hours drive to get there. But now we wish we stayed longer. We had a great time hiking at Painted Hills and digging for fossils. But for me, the vacation homes alone would draw me back again, and again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 3 charming European cottages available for your Eastern Oregon vacation. Located in the quaint town of Mitchell, just around the corner from the famous Painted Hills,one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon. Another one of the Wonders, Smith Rock is only 1.5 hours away. The cottages are surrounded by a beautiful private garden, and are equipped with everything you need for a peaceful and relaxing holiday. Free WiFi, pet friendly, exceptional movie library, artsy ambiance. German owners. Everything is in great condition and we keep it that way. A paradise for nature lovers, artists, geologists, photographers, and outdoor enthusiasts. Great hikes in pristine nature, a taste of wilderness and amazing star gazing. We offer accommodation for larger groups and gatherings, workshops like yoga retreats, or photography and art classes. Free Wifi, pets are welcome, full kitchens in every cottage with basic condiments provided and herbs and spices provided. Country fresh eggs from our own chickens will be in the fridge for you. Mitchell has 3 restaurants , a gas station, espresso shack, and a general store. We're looking forward for your visit! ... more less
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- The Painted Hills Vacation Rentals Mitchell, Oregon